To the editor:
City council hired a new city manager, Robert Hillard, in December 2016. Hillard has expressed in the Oberlin News-Tribune his delight in coming to Oberlin and his commitment to the city’s challenging goals as outlined in the city’s Strategic Plan and Climate Action Plan.
In November, the city will elect seven persons to city council. Council’s charge is to oversee and direct Hillard, who, along with staff, are the persons who over time accomplish city goals and aspirations.
Heather Adelman is the only city council candidate who has not served on city council. She is exactly the kind of new blood council needs to facilitate Hillard’s achieving city goals and aspirations.
Adelman was assistant director at the Oberlin Project from 2011 to 2017 where she focused on local food, education, and carbon management related to agriculture and land use, and zero waste. She helped create, launch, and now works for the Oberlin Food Hub, a nonprofit that promotes increased local food use by restaurants, schools, and other institutions.
Before coming to Oberlin she worked nine years for the Environmental Protection Agency with tribal communities on waste management, recycling, composting, and green building.
Adelman is a very active volunteer in the community: Lorain County Solid Waste Policy Committee, executive committee of Oberlin Community Services Board, on board and market manager of Oberlin Farmers Market, and vice-chair of the city’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Commission, and helped author city’s Zero Waste Plan.
Adelman’s family owns and runs a local business, The Feve. She believes Oberlin has many opportunities for, and seeks to promote, economic development and job creation in Oberlin.
Adelman has quietly and effectively become an integral part of Oberlin and contributed much. Her experience, talents, and tenacity bring exactly what city council needs to move forward on city’s stated goals and aspirations.
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